Glasgow 2014 Mascot

Today was the day Glasgow 2014 unveiled their Official Mascot for the Games.

So say hello to Clyde (the Thistle) which was designed by Beth Gilmour, a 12-year-old from Cumbernauld, of which I like. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a child anymore, but I’d say people of all ages are going to love it! ;) What do you think?

Samsung Galaxy S III: The Next Big Thing is Already Here

It was only last week Apple announced the iPhone 5, but Samsung have unveiled their latest Samsung Galaxy S III advert; featuring none other than the new iPhone 5 from Apple! Pretty crazy huh?!

Quite clever marketing actually. Tale a look and you’ll see for yourself!

London 2012 Olympic Doodles

Google are celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games in a series of simple Google Doodles, throughout the full 17 days. It would appear they have something different planned for each day of the games.

Shame that (so far) there doesn’t appear to be any kind of London, the city, pictured in any of the Google Doodles. Do check them out above if you’ve not done so already, and keep poping back as new photos are uploaded daily!

Twenty-One Years Old

We’re back round to that time of the year again, and I’m not getting any younger at that, the complete opposite you could say! It’s almost half-way through 2012, and quite frankly, I’m not quite sure where the time went?

So if you’ve not figured it out already, it’s my birthday today. Not just any old birthday though, it is in fact my 21st today, and the plan is to celebrate it in style!

Now where did I put the keys to the Lamborghini again? ;)

It might not have been the easiest 21 years of my life, and it’s certainly not going to get any easier, but the only way you can eat an elephant (so I’m told) is one bite at a time. Take everything as it comes, even when it’s a challenge at first.

As you’re probably aware, I bowl quite a lot, and we made it through the earlier rounds on Monday and Wednesday. Semi-Finals are later today, with a possible Final to play after. What better way could you spend your 21st birthday doing something you love?

I genuinely have no idea if anyone has planned anything else for me today, I’ll just go with the flow, but having a few drinks throughout the bowls with my mates anyway.

There may be some chocolate cake in my future! :D #yum

I’m not exactly a party animal, and the hardest person to buy for (just ask the rest of my family), so that makes the day exciting already! Anyhow, I have a few presents to open, so I’m out of here.

Never Throw Away Your Code

Never throw away code. The grand, unfinished project you abandoned can always be stripped for useful parts later. — Ryan C. Gordon (via Twitter)

I’m not one with a lot of code, but never a truer word spoken. Setting up a section to share all these useful snippets not only benefits yourself, but other people too. Just make sure you document it well though, so everyone understands what it’s doing.

BBC One’s Hustle Ends

Ever since Hustle was first shown on our TV screens back in 2004, yes that was eight years ago, when I was only a little boy, I was hooked and became a major fan. I have watched every episode going, and own all the DVDs.

When I heard Series Eight was going to be the last, I was completely devastated, I still am in fact. It was one of a handful of things I watched, but now it’s been snatched from right in front of me. It’s like someone taking your favourite toy and not bringing it back!

I would be lying to say the Hustle Team didn’t go out without a bang, having caught a glimpse at some of the spoilers floating around online. Could it all just be part of the master plan, keeping the public in suspense? We filmed alternative endings said Kelly Adams, who plays Emma. It just makes it even more exciting right? :)

To all the cast and crew, both on and off the screen, you’ve done a wonderful job over the past eight years. Without your work, we wouldn’t have been able to watch what we did. I only hope the rumour of “Hustle: The Movie” becomes a reality.

Before I finish up, I leave you with Mark Wilson and his adventure following the film crew round Birmingham for 15 weeks while they shot the last series and ending up as an Extra in the last episode. Well worth a read I tell you, how I’d have loved to have been in his shoes. Great stuff Mark, and well deserved!

So grab yourself a beer (or two), sit back, relax, and enjoy the last of Hustle tonight!

Hello 2012 and Happy New Year

Where on earth did 2011 go, one day it’s January, and the next you know we’re back round at December. Time really does fly when you’re having fun it’d seem! Can we get all of that again in 2012 please, but with the addition of even more achievements?

What Happened In 2011?

Nothing sticks out like a sore thumb, so just a few things from the past year! ;)

January: The new computer I’d been waiting on finally arrived. I still laugh at the story that goes along with the purchase, but I never did get round to blogging about it here.

February: I bought myself a bike, I should really try to use it a little more in 2012!

March: Had my arm twisted into writing for — So far it’s been a rather interesting experience to say the least. While I’ve not written hundreds of articles, I’m not that far away from my 50th, so maybe some party celebrations might be in order?

April: I got a reply back with regards to a recent application for a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, which I was pretty excited about. In terms of progress, I thought things were going alright, even if I’d have liked some better communication at times. I felt there was a point when I was just left hanging, knowing nothing, but more on that further down!

May: It was my birthday, another year older, but still young at heart! :)

August: I reached the Championship Final at Haddington Bowling Club for the first time, and ended up getting beat by a guy a year younger than me; who said this was an old mans sport? While it was a shame to lose, the better man won on the night!

October: It was about time I faced my fears attended some kind of WordPress meetup, so what better than WordUp Edinburgh? As explained in my thoughts after the event, I loved it, and would do it all over again! (Also happened to help sponsor the event too!)

December: Ended up working Hogmanay again, like last year.

Sounds like an interesting year when you look at it that way! :)

If we go back to the Happiness Engineer application, I did get a reply in June saying my email(s) had been caught up in email filters, therefore obviously ended up in the wrong place. In August, I (maybe stupidly) reached out to Toni Schneider, Automattic CEO, to check if the Automattician was alright or not and say we’d lost contact somewhere.

When we eventually spoke again, it turned out I’d potentially be a good fit for a trial, but I would need to shape up on my written English first! :( ME NO HAZ GD ENGLSH SKLS

What’s 2012 Going To Bring?

I predict some exciting things, if only I knew the answer(s) in advance though! ;)

Other than that, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year, and all the best for what 2012 brings. I’m definitely planning to blog a lot more around here, throw in a picture or two, even tempted with Project 365 366, but I’m just not sure?